In Memory of Chef

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For South Park fans like us, the sudden and unexpected departure of Isaac Hayes, the voice of Chef, was a major blow--after all, the jolly cafeteria worker's off-color songs and sage advice have made for some of the show's most memorable moments over the years. And it just doesn't make sense that after so many seasons of carefree mockery, Hayes would decide that South Park's ridicule of various religious persuasions was prohibitively offensive...right?

The unbelievable news sent rumors flying about what really happened to Chef: Did Scientologists persuade Hayes to leave the show, or even bypass him entirely and quit for him? Did the nefarious Tom Cruise have something to do with the cancellation of a repeat episode of South Park? Can Trey Parker and Matt Stone win a "million-year war" against the controversial religion? The answers, for now, remain unclear, but Chef's final goodbye was anything but. March 22's episode, "The Return of Chef," gave the beloved character a violent and extended death scene in which he fell from a broken bridge, was burned alive by a stroke of lightning while impaled on a sharp branch, and was then mauled by a grizzly bear and a mountain lion. A hint of hope glimmered during the Darth- Vader-style resurrection scene, but it seems safe to say that Chef as we knew him is gone for good. You'll find a complete recap and information on how to download the episode from iTunes right here!

So, in an act of final respect and remembrance, we offer you some clips of our favorite Chef memories. Check out the flash player on the upper right side of the screen. Watch, enjoy, and please check out some news articles if you need more info on the past weeks' events. When you're through, use the Comments box to post your own favorite Chef moments, and we'll see if we can dig up some clips of those, too.

Goodbye, Chef--we'll miss you!

It's South Park versus Scientology!
Cartoon that lampoons just about everybody sticks to its guns.

Chef gets cooked on South Park opener
Season premiere of animated series gleefully skewers Isaac Hayes and Scientology.

South Park reaps reward of public strife
Ratings for 10th-season premiere are best in years.

Isaac Hayes quit South Park all by himself
Ex-Chef says Scientology did not make him get out of the kitchen.

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I miss him! My favorite Chef moments were on "An elephant makes love to a pig." When he sang elephant and pig cant splice.
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Response to Nintendo-GS's comment - The first episode of Season 10 IS "The Return Of Chef"! He had already left when they made it, but his lines were just clips of previous voice recordings. Couldn't you tell how his way of talking was kinda wierd? Like when he says "Let's go home and-MAKE LOVE"? That is the episode where he died. And I doubt "Darth Chef", as I like to call him, will be in any episodes. It was most likely just a homage to Star Wars Episode 3.
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ahh, Chef. How we'll miss thee....*sobs*

Darn you, Scientology!!!
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It's a shame the Isaac Hayes left the show over some cult. Scientology is a dumb movement invented by a crappy scifi writer.
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thank god south park is horrible I hope the whole thing gets cancelled! It would be really great if the show got cancelled I'd love it! YEEHAW!
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i must say though that while the voice of chef is gone, it doesn't mean thatit will last forever....i'm sure that someday chef will return..wether evil or not, he'll still going to make a great story
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It's nice to know why Chef is gone. It is really sad. Religions have too much control over the world. You would think Isaac Hayes would have had more balls than to give into the pressure. America, the land of the free and of free speach... NOT!
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Yeah, I'm really unhappy that Chef left and all. But, I think that if, in fact, he decides to come back, they can make him come back like with Kenny being killed about a billion times. If not, they ought to stick with the darth vader version... Goodbye Chef...
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Yeah, I'm really unhappy that Chef left and all. But, I think that if, in fact, he decides to come back, they can make him come back like with Kenny being killed about a billion times. If not, they ought to stick with the darth vader version... Goodbye Chef...
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The way they "killed" Chef off was hilarious!
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While Issac Hayes is a jerk---, it is good to remember Chef as Chef, and not as a hypocritical person who believes in a psuedo-religion.
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It´s sad he´s gone.
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Screw Chef.
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C u later Chef !
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just wonderfull
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why oh why did he have to go? losing the chef is like losing a part of body, you can never be the same withiut it. a tragedy for south park!
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*starts crying* we will always miss you chef
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It may not be by Isaac Hayes himself, but this isn't the "Tribute to Isaac Hayes" this is the "Tribute To Chef"
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Chef is back :S haven't you seen the 1st episode of season 10? His voice is in it and the episode itself is called "The Return Of Chef!"
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One of my favorite memories of Chef is when he complained about the South Park flag. That was a funny episode.
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Chef was cool, now I'm sure Darth Chef will be cool too
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I hope Darth Chef comes back as the new cafeteria worker after he is deprogramed again.
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until this day the salty balls still makes me laugh. chef was the biggest part for me next to kenny being killed. chef should come back.
GREAT TRIBUTE TO THE CHEF!!!!
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You know, South Park has been going down hill a long time. You can get the same experience almost from opening a newspaper from a month ago and making fun of whatever you see. Though the new episodes so far since chef's death haven't been so terrible, too bad he left when the show was actually due for some better episodes. And Scientology is a cult, protect your babies!
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South Park will never be the same without Chef. He's the one who puts some sense into the boys and the only one who has any brains. Come Back Chef! Come baaaaaaaaaack! (sobbing and screaming).
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Maybe someday he'll come back ... i mean when he blows all his money agen and cant afford to pay the scientology people, maybe then he'll come back ...
We love you Chef!
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Isaac Hayes is nothing but a huge hypocrite. He certainly didn't have any problem making fun of every other group on earth or cashing his checks. I hope he never comes back to South Park, not after showing his true colors.
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Awesome choice of clips, especially the music video
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Nice work! Such classics. :)
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I wonder if Trey and Matt are hoping that Chef turns from the dark side at the last minute like Darth Vader, besides it would make a great show!!!!
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Chef was an excellent character; I'll miss him.
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This is definitely how they should've remembered Chef. I just wish they didn't kill him like that. Goodbye, Chef! We'll miss you, until Issac Hayes comes back.(cries...)
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This story is really really sad and useful to read. We all love Chef, a great character and stuff. ^_^ People cryed that he died, but we wished that we can bring him back. ^_^
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Those clips are just sooooooo wrong...

That's exactly the way we like 'em. :)
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Scientology is evil! Chef must come back, or else South Park will be changed forever! He's my favorite character in the world! Do you think the 10th season will be South Park's last?
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The clips are awesome! Nice work.
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